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The free-agent plans addressed by the Philadelphia Phillies may help Jonathan Papelbon first.  That stated, some options have picked up by the involved organizations and others have been declined, including two from former Phils.  Who has been become unavailable and who can now be had? TAL’S HANDY CAPS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: My articles are designed to represent a baseball-man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box.  Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the stick-glove-or-power requirements, the track record, the competition and the intangibles. I published after every battle that was not washed out.  I had many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, which were especially important after drubbings and defeats.  Please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage.  Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom.  Thank you.   Check out:  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Hired guns in the hunt   Baseball-Fix Monday Schedule: Events will dictate the number from 1 to 4 each for November and December. January to mid-February will be every other week, and it will be weekly after that until the year begins. Only on a trial basis due to a strong response, the scheduled articles will be supplemented with special fill-ins between main postings.  Continuation is based on reasonable numbers, which appears to be extremely possible.   TIMEFRAMEMAIN ARTICLESSUPPLEMENTS November & December1st Monday Of The MonthThe Other Mondays January To Mid-FebruaryAlternating Mondays From 1/7The Other Mondays Mid-February To AprilWeekly-----     Brett Myers Fires A 8th-Inning Bullet At Home On August 5 Against The Halos In The 2012 Sunday Uni That Celebrated A 40-Year Anniversary (1972 Uni)   2ND NOVEMBER BASEBALL-FIX MONDAY       The Fluid Situation:   The first clue was that Ty Wigginton’s option for $4M wasn’t picked up, which means John Mayberry Jr. will be the right-handed lumber off the bench. Firstly, this will adjust the available limit to $17.4M for a center fielder and a 8th-inning set-up arm. The hurler will cost $4-6M and the bat is in the $10-13M range. Rube Amaro is making decisions, which are based on financial restrictions, parent-club talent, promotable high-minors prospects, and intangible aspects. He moved quickly to secure his prime target, Cinco Ocho, last off-season, but with his current monetary ceiling, things will be a little slower this time. The FA requests are inflated before the market is set with the first to be claimed in that specialty. Melky Cabrera Smacks A 2-RBI Single During The 1st Inning From The Left Side On August 12 At Home Against The Rox Among the possibilities there are familiar names and extenuating circumstances. There are 4 categories of possible signings for the red pinstripes, which are the no-questions fit, the bargain, the risky vet and the alternatives.  The first of the four is the healthy, affordable right-handed hitter with pop in the $10-13M vicinity and the $4-6M endgame reliever.  That would include RF-CF Torii Hunter, CF B.J. Upton, RP Mike Adams and RP Koji Uehara.  Brett Myers is someone who might lower his price to $5-6M, and can close during long streaks of tight games.  However, that is third on his list after starter and hammer.  Ryan Madson would be a gamble, because he hasn’t proven he’s the stud of 2011. Cody Asche During The 2nd Half Of 2012 In A Game At Trenton Another player from the pool would be Melky Cabrera, who needs a 1-tour deal to revive his career after his suspension. However, RP Brandon League and RP Grant Balfour are no longer on the table. Meanwhile, Cody Asche is 1-2 campaigns away from the hot corner at the Bank, which means that Amaro will go with Freddy Galvis for 2013. Plus, when Kevin Youkilis (.235, 19 HR & 60 RBI) is the best at third, it is not worth deeply exploring. Upton (28) might be had for 5 summers at $13M per, while Hunter (37) is a two-year addition. Adams (34) would be the move instead of Uehara (37). Rube will go with the 2 younger guys, if he can. Adams pitched during the last 162 with a mild case of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, where the rib bone pushes against a nerve to cause numbness. He faltered only in his last appearance with a week to go, but his surgery was successful. He’ll be at 100% for training camp but this could affect his value slightly. However, he will be at the top of the GM’s chart for the relief corps, while B.J. is his first choice in the lumber department.   $178M Maximum Before The Luxury Tax: NOTE:  Click entries button to open more than the visible 10. DOLLARSALLOCATIONPLAYERS $75.00MCore FourRollins, Utley, Howard & Hamels $56.50M2 Aces & The CloserHalladay, Lee & Papelbon $04.25M2 StartersWorley & Kendrick $07.00M4 PositionsRuiz, RF Brown, LF Pierre & 3B Galvis $05.75MBenchMayberry, Nix, Schierholtz, Kratz & Frandsen $02.60M4 Bullpen SeatsBastardo, Aumont, Lindblom & Horst $00.50M1 Bullpen SlotRosenberg or De Fratus (Plus Schwimer or Stutes, If Healthy) $08.00MSet Aside$5M (Trading Deadline) & $3M (Achieved Incentives) $02.00MBuyoutsPolanco, Contreras & Wigginton $160.6MTOTAL23 Roster Spots $017.4M2 Free AgentsA Centerfielder & A 8th-Inning Set-Up Man Melky Cabrera Smokes A 1st-Inning Single From The Right Side On July 23 At Home Against The Friars         Upton is seeking $14-16M for 4 to 6 seasons, and Texas must replace LF-CF Josh Hamilton’s bat. The warning-track defender of the Rays will probably garner the headlines, appearing to be first. But the brain trust will need to chip off $1-3M and 1-2 campaigns, while the Rangers will have a big hole in their lineup. However, management is not in a position to overpay, like Paps, and the inclination is not there either.   Cody Asche Converts A Fielding Play On July 15 In Reading Against The Bowie Baysox   If Torii comes into the two-star picture, this will require an outlay of $15-16M, but the older veteran had moved from center to a corner position in 2011. Hunter ($10M) and Adams ($5-6M) would equal the funds necessary. However, there are combinations of Upton and Madson or Adams with Cabrera, which could happen in order to fit within the $17.4M limitation. Because there will be competition for all of these known commodities. Most interesting is that Torii and B.J. are represented by Larry Reynolds.  Meanwhile, according to my in-progress research of 14 deep-pocket franchises and the other 16 for next week’s appraisal, B.J. Upton will most likely call the Bank his home.   LINK-UP BELOW: Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook is for notification of posts and any holdups that may occur. It might be worth your while because there are delays of 2 hours on most feeds. This is my 2nd storyline for 2013.  Check out my recent publication (Amaro’s Trouble Spots) and the 121 storylines for 2012 on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Tal’s Handy Stats is daily coverage. I alternated the 2012 ERA For The NL East and the 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS   TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: A Ruf October Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives) Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at final game 162 Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at final game 162  
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